10:34 am Aug. 31, 20121
Never one to miss a fund-raising opportunity, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent an email to supporters just after Mitt Romney finished his convention speech last night, calling on them to "stand with President Obama," and also consider contributing to her campaign.
The email, which arrived before similar fund-raising appeals from either the Romney or the Obama campaigns (at least in my inbox), contrasted Romney's speech with some of the issues Gillibrand has worked on in the Senate.
"It was no surprise to hear Mitt Romney making false attacks against President Obama and telling his base everything it wanted to hear," she writes. "It is clear his vision for America means denying women access to basic medical care, telling people who they can and can’t marry, and putting big oil profits and wasteful subsidies for corporations that ship our jobs overseas ahead of middle-class families."
Democrats responding to Romney's have tried to tie it to Paul Ryan's the night before, which was widely criticized for containing a number of untrue assertions, and have cited Romney's general lack of specifity.
"Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech that was full of rhetoric and deceiving on the facts," Gillibrand said in the email last night. "I just finished watching Mitt Romney’s convention speech and it was more of the same."
Gillibrand has collected more than $10 million for her Senate race this year, which is about $10 million more than her underfunded and largely unknown rival in this year's race, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long.
But beating Long isn't even the point any more. Running up the score, particularly in terms of money, ensures the ambitious Gillibrand will at least be considered for some kind of elevated post, and soon.
The most immediate rumor, and the one most likely to come true, is that she would be tapped to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the very near future, a post that helped vault Chuck Schumer into the very highest rungs of the Senate leadership.
And, of course, there's 2016 too. Gillibrand will address the Iowa delegation next week, and, though she won't get a star turn on stage, she'll have a primetime speaking slot as a featured guest on Wednesday's broadcast of "The Daily Show."
In an emailed column this morning, Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman contrasted Gillibrand's Charlotte plans with those of Governor Andrew Cuomo: "It would not be surprising if we've been watching and speculating about the wrong New York Democrat this entire time."
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